BIG RED FLAG: Request for payment via Western Union

The number of fake rental scams on Craigslist and other online classifieds continues to grow, with new aliases appearing daily. But while the names may change, the methods are always the same.

These thieves, mainly based in Nigeria, the U.K. and the U.S., are out to steal your money and your identity.

They use yahoo, ymail, rocketmail, fastermail, live, hotmail and gmail, and they also post ads under anonymous craigslist addresses. They frequently change their aliases.

They use photos stolen from other property advertisements or from home furnishing catalogues or hotel websites.

They use fake names, often stolen from Facebook profiles or networking sites. Often they assume the identities of previous victims.

What they all have in common is that sooner or later you get a request to transfer funds via Western Union, Moneygram or some other wire service.

NEVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, WIRE MONEY AT THE REQUEST OF ANY PROSPECTIVE “LANDLORD” VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM OR ANY OTHER WIRE SERVICE.  EVEN IF THEY TELL YOU TO WIRE THE FUNDS TO A FRIEND OR RELATIVE’S NAME “TO BE SAFE,” IT’S A TRAP!

NEVER SEND A SCAN OF YOUR PASSPORT OR OTHER ID. THESE THIEVES WILL USE YOUR IDENTITY TO SCAM OTHERS.

The IP addresses being used to perpetrate these scams worldwide include the following:

Nigeria Multi-links Telecommunications Ltd:  82.128.0.0 - 82.128.127.255

Nigeria Assigned to Lagos Dial-pool customers:  41.219.247.0 - 41.219.247.255

Nigeria Afrinic: 41.204.224.0 - 41.204.227.255 and  196.29.216.0 - 196.29.223.255

Nigeria Choizcom 83.229.69.128 - 83.229.69.191

Nigeria SurfSpot Communications 81.199.176.128 - 81.199.176.255

United Kingdom Skyvision Holdings Ltd: 78.0.0.0 - 78.255.255.255

United Kingdom Tertiarydns Internet Solutions And Security Consultants: 91.186.10.0 - 91.186.10.65

United States Sterling Bringcom Inc 204.16.124.0 - 204.16.127.255

Gilat Satcom Range 81.199.52.0 - 81.199.53.255 and 217.21.64.0 - 217.21.95.255 (have a look at Gilat Satcom’s rap sheet here).

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PLEASE WRITE TO CRAIGSLIST (USE THIS LINK) AND EXPATRIATES.COM (contact@expatriates.com)

AND ASK THEM TO BAN THESE IP ADDRESSES FROM ACCESSING THEIR SITES!

REPORT FRAUD TO NIGERIA’S ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION (EFCC).

For a few general tips and tools on how to protect yourself from apartment scams in Paris (and elsewhere), click here.

Good luck in your search for an apartment.

Stay safe!

Email scams are stupid for a reason …

Scammers only want stupid people to respond to them.

It may be the worst time in history to be a Nigerian in need. Especially if you’re a former prince.

Scam emails with promises of easy riches have become so psychically entangled with the West African republic, it’s a wonder swindlers haven’t adapted their yarns to claim a different origin. At this point, only a fool would see Nigeria in a message and not immediately hit delete.

But Microsoft Research says that’s exactly the point.

So begins an article published on the National Post website on June 21, 2012.

To read the rest of the story click here.

SCAM WARNING: Barrister Larry James / Cambs Legal Consultants larryjames.esq@wss-id.org

Beware of scam letters from a “Barrister Larry James” claiming the letter recipient has inherited a huge sum of money from late “relative.”

The scam letters are mailed from Spain and include the following sender details:

Barrister Larry James
Cambs Legal Consultants
Calle de Zurbano 10, 28001 Madrid Spain
Tel. +34 (603) 150 681, Fax +34 (911) 820 379
E-mail Address: larryjames.esq@wss-id.org

Excerpt from the letter:

Dear [recipient],

Do permit me to introduce myself briefly; I am Barrister Larry James of the [fake company name]. Actually, I got your contact information through the [your country] public records while searching for a last name similar to my late client a business magnate by the name [fake name] who lived in Spain for Nineteen years; he died along with his family during Atlantic Hurricane Katrina which occurred in August 2005. Do not be amazed by this letter. I am contacting you based on Trust and confidentiality that will be attached to this transaction.
Prior to my explaining further, I must first make an apology for this unsolicited mail to you. I am conscious that this is certainly not a predictable way of approach to foster a relationship of trust but because of the circumstances and urgency surrounding this claim I decided to reach you via this media to join me to put claims on this vault before it is seized or confiscated by the authorities. Before the catastrophe; He deposited Consignment/Vault containing the sum of $11.4M (ELEVEN MILLION,FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS) with a Finance/Safe Keeping company here in Spain and he did not disclose the exact content of deposited diplomatic box to the treasure house as cash but Personal valuables for security ad personal reasons.

(….rest of scam )

I wait for your quick response

Kindest Regards,
Barrister Larry James

Do not respond to such letters. Report the scam attempt to your local police and anti-fraud authorities.

Scam Warning: Andrew J.K. Moroka Esq.

Beware of Nigerian 419 financial fraud attempts by an “Andrew J.K. Moroka Esq.” who claims to be an attorney and expert in corporate and legal claims with “Andrew & Associates”.

This scammer uses direct mail to target victims, telling them that a deceased person with the same last name deposited millions with a “financial institution” and that the victim can become the beneficiary.

The personally addressed scam letters are posted from South Africa but may also come from other places.

Scammer details:
Barrister Jonathan Andrew Kalyan Moroka Esq. aka J.A. Kalyan Moroka or Andrew J.K. Moroka

Tel. +27 73561 8630
Home fax: +27 80098 2236
Office Fax: +27 86514 0721

 

Report the scam attempt to your local police.

Scam Warning: davidphilipi@ozu.es

Beware of Nigerian 419 financial fraud attempts by a “David Philipi Esq.” who claims to work for Almargo Asesores & Asociados S.L. Madrid but actually operates from Valencia, Spain. This scammer tries to fool victims by using a company name that is only slightly different from that of a real company based in Madrid (two letters switched).

Scammer details:
David Philipi, Almargo Asesores & Asociados S.L., Apartado Postal Correos 42032 Valencia 46017 Spain, Tel. +34 603 128 418 Fax +34 911 817 384 Cell phone +34 653 453 891 email: davidphilipi@ozu.es. fake website http://www.almargoas.com (domain just recently created, on 16 september 2010, and for only one year, the shortest term possible).

Report the scam attempt to your local police.

Scam Warning: Kate Hagi (katehg7@gmail.com)

Beware of stolen ads reposted by scammers out to steal your money. When it seems too good to be true, that’s always a Big Red Flag!



A Scamwatch reader writes:

New scam: http://paris.en.craigslist.org/vac/1978097500.html
- Advert Craigslist September 28th.
- Requested to fill out form (agency not registered). Woman calls herself Kate Hagi.
- Asked to provide deposit of 600 euro’s in advance. First paypal is ok; asked to transfer to person: shawannamoore@aol.com. Then we get e-mail mentioning that accountant of Kate has alerted her that paypal has been hacked, and then we get request to wire via Western Union.
- The same apartment is for rent for 680 per night via housing website for expatriates. Quite a difference.
- We get a phone number of Kate, that is picked up by a gentleman that does not speak english well, aparently her assistant (Nigerian???)



Scam ad posted on craigslist:


EUR200 / 3br – EXCEPTIONAL 3 BR LUXURY DESIGNER LOFT IS A BEAUTY OF STYLE & COMFORT (2nd Arrondissement)

Date: 2010-09-28, 7:13PM CEST
Reply to: katehg7@gmail.com [Errors when replying to ads?]

This exceptional 310m²/ 3336ft² 3 bedroom luxury designer loft is a beauty of style and comfort: the perfect Paris vacation escape. Every desire has been anticipated in order for you to enjoy a holiday of leisure and pampering. This 3 Bedroom/3 Bath apartment with private balcony is situated on rue Greneta. Now renovated as a state of the art luxury residence, the loft offers an experience of superior quality and comfort, with a wide range of spectacle(please inquire) to enable you to have the most relaxing holiday possible.

The luxury designer loft is a huge space divided over three levels.

Main level:
The main level is about 160m2 and has 8.2 meter/27 foot high ceilings. There is a large living area with a home cinema, composed of a 3 meter/18 foot projection screen and Dolby surround sound stereo, HiFi, a DVD player, and a full range of premium cable channels.

A fully equipped chef’s kitchen and dining area overlook the spacious living room. The state of the art kitchen has everything you will need for gourmet cooking and entertaining. The kitchen features a sub-zero full sized fridge and freezer, oven, stove with 4 gas burners, dishwasher, blender, steamer, food processor, espresso machine, filter coffee maker, all utensils, etc.

There will be fresh flowers and a fully stocked kitchen upon your arrival, with bottled water, fresh-squeezed orange juice, fresh fruits, milk, butter, champagne, oils, vinegars, spices, teas, coffee, cookies, and more.

Bedroom 1: Main level – This bedroom features a queen bed and independent bathroom with a huge walk in shower, double limestone sink, wood floors, and a toilet.

Laundry facility: There is a washer/dryer combination for your use.

Level 2:
Master Bedroom: This luxurious room has a queen bed with access to the balcony.
The en suite bathroom has an oversized tub, rain shower, and toilet.

Bedroom 3: This cozy bedroom has a couch that opens into a comfortable queen bed, a desk and access to the balcony. When not in use, the room doubles as a perfect study/ office.

The wraparound mezzanine overlooks the main room of the loft. There is a second flat screen TV in the lounge with premium cable channels and a DVD player. There is free unlimited WiFi high speed internet access in the apartment and a printer/scanner/fax for your use during your stay.

All 3 bedrooms are air-conditioned!

Rental Includes
Cable TV: English channels include CNN & BBC
Champagne, Fresh Fruit Basket, & Flowers on Arrival
Complimentary Concierge
Daily housekeeping – available upon request
Detailed guidebook of apartment & neighborhood
Fluent English & French Speaking Greeter
High Speed Wireless Internet w/ Ethernet Cable
Mac Laptop Computer
Maid service once a week for rentals of 10 days or longer
Printer/Scanner/Photocopier/Fax (separate fax line)
Telephone
Three separate multimedia viewing centers with DVD and cable
Amenities
Air conditioning
Balcony with breakfast table & chairs
Bathroom 1: En suite Oversized Bath, Overhead “Rain Shower”, Double sinks, Toilet
Bathroom 2: Oversized Walk-in shower, Double sink, toilet
Bathroom 3: Large walk in “hydro-jet massage” shower
Bedroom 1: Queen Bed
Bedroom 2: Queen Bed
Bedroom 3: Double Bed
Bose stereo system with surround sound & iPod dock
CD Player
Coffee maker
Crib, high chair and folding push-chair available at no extra cost (bedding for crib provided)
Dishwasher
DVD player
Espresso Machine
Fully equipped kitchen with cooking utensils, dishes, & cutlery
Hair dryer
Half Bath: toilet & sink
Home Cinema
Linens & Towels
Microwave
Oven
Private Gym & spa in the Loft
Private Sauna + Hydrojet massage shower
Projector
Refrigerator & freezer
Stove
Washing machine & separate dryer
Wood Floors
Nearby Attractions
All of Central Paris
Beaubourg/ Pompidou Center
Bike rentals
Boulangeries, pâtisseries, and fromageries
Fashion Boutiques (Etienne Marcel, Passage du Cerf, Place des Victoires)
Food and Produce Markets
Gym & Pool nearby
La Bourse (French Stock Market)
Le Marais
Louvre
Montorgueil Market
Palais Royal Gardens
Seine River
Shopping
Sightseeing
Spa nearby
Theatres/Cinemas
Trendy boutiques, cafes & restaurants

How to unmask rental scammers

Here’s an informative video about internet rental scams that’s relevant no matter where you’re looking for an apartment, be it London, Paris, New York or small town America (courtesy of pickrent.com).

Paris aims to curb apartment rentals to tourists

Scamwatch reported this development back in December 2009.

Today’s New York Times has a full report on the crackdown on private apartment rentals in Paris. The rules haven’t changed, they’re simply now being enforced.

PARIS — Many people buy a pied-à-terre in Paris to use for a few weeks a year and to rent the rest of the time. Most of them don’t realize, however, that they are breaking the law — something the city is now trying to address.

To read the full New York Times article, click here.

Prospective short-term renters should take note, as for tenants there are consequences, i.e. an illegal rental can void any insurance coverage in case of accidental damage.

FAKE AGENCY WARNING: peopleshomeservice.com

Beware of yet another fake agency advertising on Craigslist. The domain name PeoplesHomeService.com was registered just 2 days ago. and only for one year, the shortest possible term.

EUR45 / 1br – Our Available one Bedroom Apartment in Paris (Paris)


Date: 2010-06-21, 1:03AM CEST
Reply to: peopleshome@london.com



General Facilities:

Amenities and services at a glance:

24 Hour Emergency Number Air Conditioning Airport Transfers On Request (Additional charge)
Grocery Shopping/Delivery Service (Additional charge. Weekdays only) Lifts To The 5th Floor Maintenance/Emergency Service
Pets Allowed (Additional charge. Restrictions apply) Secure Entry System Security
Weekly Linen Change Weekly Maid Service/Housekeeping

You can visit our website http://www.peopleshomeservice.com for more pictures,information and other available apartments..


Totally fake advertisement, totally fake website. Don’t fall for it.

Paris Housing Scamwatch gets a new look

Paris Housing Scamwatch has now been online for two years, since June 2008.

Its mission is to inform and educate renters everywhere about the ever-growing number of increasingly sophisticated online rental scams.

It continues to grow thanks to the hundreds of readers who have taken the time to warn others by leaving comments.

Thanks to the power of Google, by sharing information online we can help raise awareness.

Many thanks to you all.

The countless readers who have written to say the site saved them from a scam makes the effort worthwhile.

To mark our two-year anniversary, we have a new site design, with easier navigation across the site.

Good luck in your apartment search!

Stay safe!

FAKE AGENCY ALERT: rentalscitypalace

Watch out for this fake agency, currently operating on Craigslist. A quick Whois check shows the domain name rentalscitypalace.com was created only days ago.

Also watch out for everydayhomelettings.org

EUR45 / 1br – MAKE YOUR RESERVATION NOW AT http://www.rentalscitypalace.com (PARIS/FRANCE)

Date: 2010-05-16, 8:11PM CEST
Reply to: rentalscitypalace@gmail.com or homeforhomes@gmail.com

you can make your booking through our website at http://www.rentalscitypalace.com or send an email to rentalscitypalace@gmail.com
Full Kitchen Guest Handbook/Directory Hairdryer
Heated Towel Rail Hi-fi System High Chairs Available On Request
In-room Safe On Request Ironing Facilities Luxury Towels and Linen
Microwave Oven Portable Air Conditioning Units, On Request
Power Shower Refrigerator Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
Telephone Washer/Dryer Wooden Flooring
Work Desks On Request.. you can make your booking through our website at http://www.rentalscitypalace.com or send an email to rentalscitypalace@gmail.com

you can make your booking through our website at http://www.rentalscitypalace.com or send an email to rentalscitypalace@gmail.com

Fake agency of the day

Fake agencies seem to be popping up all over Craigslist these days.

Here’s the latest one, apparently an offshoot of the holidayhomecitys.com scam featured in an earlier warning:

http://www.thepalacereservation.com
book@thepalacereservation.com

The website not only looks hastily put together, a quick Whois check shows this website’s domain name was created just days ago, and only for one year, the shortest term possible.

The fake ad on Craigslist, offering luxury accommodations for the ridiculously low price of 55 euros a night:

EUR55 / 1br – MAKE YOUR RESERVATION AT (FRANCE/PARIS)

Date: 2010-04-06, 6:44PM CEST
Reply to: book@thepalacereservation.com

General Facilities:
Amenities and services at a glance:
24 Hour Reception Air Conditioning Billiards Room
Breakfast On Request Breakfast Room Dry Cleaning Service
Garden Gym Laundry Service
Maid Service/Housekeeping Pets Allowed Private Car Parking
Safety Deposit Box At Reception Wake-up Calls Weekly Linen Change
You can view our website for more information or inquiries at http://www.thepalacereservation.com or send an email to book@thepalacereservation.com
Apartment Facilities:
The features below apply to all of the apartments:
Air Conditioning Alarm Clock Baby Cots Available
Bathroom Products Central Heating Dishwasher
Full Kitchen Hairdryer Hi-fi System
High Chairs Available In-room Safe Ironing Facilities
Microwave Oven Refrigerator
TV (Satellite) Tea/Coffee Making Facilities Telephone
Wireless Broadband..You can view our website for more information or inquiries at http://www.thepalacereservation.com or send an email to book@thepalacereservation.com

WARNING: Another fake agency

Beware of ads posted by this scam outfit on Craigslist, Vivastreet and other free online classifieds for listings lifted from other websites:

FAKE AGENCY web site: http://www.holidayhomecitys.com

Fake agency email: holidayhomecitys@codehot.co.uk

The rates posted on the fake website, here:

http://holidayhomecitys.com/id10.html

for an apartment at 132, Boulevard de Grenelle, Paris, 75015

are less than one-quarter the rates on the real website, here:

http://www.citadines.com/

Note the concealed domain registration here:

http://whois.domaintools.com/holidayhomecitys.com

SCAM WARNING: Gayle Bush

A Scamwatch reader provided the following warning about this prolific scammer, who offers a ficticous apartment using a fake address that doesn’t even exist. They ask for payment by Paypal and promise to send you the keys. Don’t be fooled!

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SCAM GAYLE BUSH – jimvacationltds@hotmail.com IP 75.72.231.210 – MINNEAPOLIS – dreamcatcher0403@aol.com pour envoi d’argent via Paypal

Les adresses n’existent pas, exemple 45 rue de l’Ancienne Comédie, les n° de cette rue s’arrêtent au 19, exigence de payer et ils envoient les clés etc.

By VACATION RENTAL AGREEMENT & BOOKING FORM
(Intended for occupancy of 30 days or less)

(N.A.R Form V.R.A Revised 1/09)

PLEASE SIGN AND RETURN WITH PAYMENT SLIP

45 rue de I’Ancienne Comedie Paris 75006.

The rental is between the following parties:

OWNER: Gayle Bush

OCCUPANT: ________________ please fill

Email: ——————————————————————

N.B; Please fill below for receipt of payment to be sent.

Address: _________________________________

City/ State / Zip :_______/________/_________)

Cell phone: _________________

Phone: (Home) _________________ (Work) ______________Extension___

1. DATE OF AGREEMENT: ——————————

2. TERM: The term of this lease is for —————————- commencing on (Arrival Date) And ending on (Departure Date) ———————————-

The Premises will be ready for occupancy at 9:00 a.m. on the commencement.

3. RENT: The rent is EUR 3150 for 3 Months {Tax and utilities Fee Inclusive}
NO OF NIGHTS TO BE SPENT: 3 Months

PAYMENTS {Occupants agrees to the Following Payments condition and Charges}
4. DAMAGE DEPOSIT: EUR 500 (Refundable on Departure where no damages were Incurred during stay at the Apartment.) and shall be given by Tenant as part of the rental Fee summing the total amount to be paid as (EUR 3650 which includes Rent and Damage deposit) 60% of EUR 3650 is EUR 2400 to hold down the date.

PAYMENT TO BE MADE VIA SECURE PAY PAL TO THE BELOW INFORMATION.

dreamcatcher0403@aol.com

5. RULES/ORDINANCES: TENANT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT PREMISES ARE IN A RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD WITH NEIGHBORS ON EITHER SIDE. LOUD, NOISY OR OFFENSIVE PARTIES OR ACTIVITIES ARE NOT ALLOWED.

Tenant agrees to comply with all covenants, conditions and Restrictions, rules, regulations, and decisions of Landlord, which are at any time posted on Premises or delivered to Tenant. Tenant shall pay any fines or charges imposed by local authorities, due to Violations by Tenant, or the guests or licensees of Tenant. Tenant shall not, and shall ensure that guests and licensees of Tenant shall Not disturb, endanger, or interfere with neighbors, or use the Premises for unlawful purposes, including, but not limited to, using, Manufacturing, selling, storing, or transporting illicit drugs or
Other contraband, or violate any law or ordinance, or commit waste or A nuisance upon or about the Premises.

6. MAXIMUM OCCUPANTS: The Premises are for the sole use as a personal Residence by the following named persons only:

List below: Names; Occupation/ age (if child)

______________________________

7. Resident is to be responsible for insect, rodent, and pest control.

8. Resident agrees not to assign this Agreement, nor to sublet any Part of the property, nor to allow another person to live therein Other than as named in paragraph #7 above, without first receiving WRITTEN permission from the Owner/Agent and paying the appropriate Surcharge.

9. Resident will not be responsible for payment of the following: Electricity, water and sewer, garbage pick-up, telephone, cable TV, And other bills incurred during residency. Resident specifically Authorizes Owner/Agent to deduct amounts of any unpaid bills from the Security Deposit upon termination of this Agreement.

10. No rights of storage are given by this Agreement. The Owner/Agent Shall not be liable for any loss of property by fire, theft, breakage, Burglary, or otherwise, nor for any accidental damage to persons or Property in or about the leased premises resulting from.

11. Any removal of Owner/Agent’s property without express WRITTEN Permission from the Owner/Agent shall constitute abandonment and Surrender of the premises and termination by the Resident of this Agreement. Owner/Agent may take immediate possession, exclude resident from property, and store all Resident’s possessions at Resident’s Expense pending reimbursement in full for Owner/Agent’s loss and Damage.

12. Owner/Agent has the right to emergency access at any time and Access during reasonable hours to inspect property or to show property To prospective residents.

13. Rental keys, receipt and signed part of this lease form shall be mailed to address given upon Tenant of deposit to enable tenant move In the event Resident takes the apartment, deposit shall be refunded At the end of Lease Term under the condition the apartment is damage Free.

14. NOTICES: Notices to the parties may be served at the Above-referenced addresses.

15. TENANT REPRESENTATIONS: Tenant warrants that all statements made By Tenant in this Agreement and in Tenant’s application rental Application is accurate. Landlord may cancel this Agreement, at any Time, upon discovering that the information provided by Tenant is False.

16. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS: Time is of the essence. All prior Agreements whether written or oral are incorporated in this Agreement which constitutes the entire contract? It may not be contradicted by Evidence of any prior agreement or contemporaneous oral statements or Agreement.

17. OTHER TERMS: PETS AUTHORIZED BY OWNER OR OWNER’S AGENT WHICH WILL INCLUDE AN INCREASED CLEANING AND SECURITY CHARGE.

18. FACSIMILE: The parties agree to accept facsimile transmission of this contract bearing their respective signatures in lieu of Originals.

19. FINAL & BINDING: Accepts from Tenant the SECURITY DEPOSIT of the Rent as provided.

Tenant: ___________________________________ Dated ____________________sign

Owner_______________ Gayle Bush________________________Dated_____04/3/2010____________sign

——————————————————–

SCAM WARNING: Josef Gutmannsbauer

Some recent reports about a prolific scammer using alias Josef Gutmannsbauer, (josgutman@ymail.com). BEWARE!

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November 12, 2009

I got this one when I was looking for accommodation in Copenhagen (November 2009)… It’s from a “Josef Gutman” (josgutman@ymail.com)… I took a random line from the email, googled it, and I found myself at this blog. Thanks for setting it up!!!

Here’s the text of the email below…

“Hello,
My two bedroom apartment in Copenhagen is up for rent. I got a contract job in a design company that deals with architectural Design – Domestic Interiors – Exhibition Design – Interior Design, in England and I’ve presently relocated to London. The apartment will be available for a while as the first phase of my contract is one year.

Its a fully furnished apartment with a complete bathroom. An area of study, with WI-FI Internet service,telephone service, and a kitchen totally equipped with electrical oven,
microwave, washing machine,refrigerator, washing machine and dryer.Also it has a system of refrigeration and heating in all the apartment being able to enjoy the temperature you wish at any moment.

The price of the apartment is 2600DKK for your period of stay, if you are interested get back to me so I can provide you with more details and also the rental application form.

Regards,

Josef.”

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January 14, 2010

Hello

Apperently the guy has an appartment in Amsterdam aswell, found this blog while googling the email-adress: Josgutman@ymail.com. Thanks for this blog

Here’s the response i got
“Hello,
My one bedroom apartment in Jordaan is up for rent. I got a contract job in a design company that deals with architectural Design – Domestic Interiors – Exhibition Design – Interior Design, in England and I’ve presently relocated to London. The apartment will be available for a while as the first phase of my contract is one year.

Its a fully furnished apartment with a complete bathroom. An area of study, with WI-FI Internet service,telephone service, and a kitchen totally equipped with electrical oven,
microwave, washing machine,refrigerator, washing machine and dryer.Also it has a system of refrigeration and heating in all the apartment being able to enjoy the temperature you wish at any moment.

The price of the apartment is 500EUR per month, if you are interested get back to me so I can provide you with more details and also the rental application form.

Regards,

Josef.”

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January 14, 2010

This Guy also goes under the name of Josef Gutmannsbauer. Sent me an ad from Tel Aviv saying he had an apartment for rent. Glad for this listing so no one gets taken.

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January 16, 2010

Okay, watch out for Rome now. Josef Gutmannsbauer. Same telephone number.

“Hello,
My two bedroom apartment in Monti is up for rent. I got a contract job in a design company that deals with architectural Design – Domestic Interiors – Exhibition Design – Interior Design, in England and I’ve presently relocated to London. The apartment will be available for a while as the first phase of my contract is one year.

Its a fully furnished apartment with a complete bathroom. An area of study, with WI-FI Internet service,telephone service, and a kitchen totally equipped with electrical oven,
microwave, washing machine,refrigerator, washing machine and dryer.Also it has a system of refrigeration and heating in all the apartment being able to enjoy the temperature you wish at any moment.

The price of the apartment is 800EUR per month, if you are interested get back to me so I can provide you with more details and also the rental application form.

Regards,

Josef.”

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January 24, 2010

BE CAREFULL , watch out for ROMA now. Josef GUTMANNSBAUER. Same telephone number. with fake ID.

“Hello,
My two bedroom apartment in Monti is up for rent. I got a contract job in a design company that deals with architectural Design – Domestic Interiors – Exhibition Design – Interior Design, in England and I’ve presently relocated to London. The apartment will be available for a while as the first phase of my contract is one year.

Its a fully furnished apartment with a complete bathroom. An area of study, with WI-FI Internet service,telephone service, and a kitchen totally equipped with electrical oven,
microwave, washing machine,refrigerator, washing machine and dryer.Also it has a system of refrigeration and heating in all the apartment being able to enjoy the temperature you wish at any moment.

The price of the apartment is 800EUR per month, if you are interested get back to me so I can provide you with more details and also the rental application form.

Regards,

Josef

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February 5, 2010

I’ve just been cheated by the same guy – what can be done about it?

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February 11, 2010

DEAR ALL
HE IS A SCAMMER. I WIRED SOME MONEYS AND NOW NO NEWS. DON’T TRUST HIM EVEN IF HE SAYS HE WILL SEND YOU THE KEYS BY MAIL BLA BLA
HE IS A LIAR. JUST ONE WAY TO KNOW HIM : ASK HIM ABOUT VIENNA ABOUT A FAKE AREA NAME HE WILL HESITATE PROBABLY OR TELL YOU HE KNOWS AND BINGO!!!

I HAD HIM SEVERAL TIME ON THE PHONE HE SOUNDED CORRECT BUT HE IS A LIAR

AND JOSEF GUTMANSBAEUR IS CERTAINLY THE REAL VICTIM OF IDENTITY THEFT HE HAS STOLEN.

CORNELIA, FILE TO THE POLICE AND PUT A WARNING ON FBK TO AVOID YOUR IDENTITY TO BE STOLEN

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February 17, 2010

I got scammed by this Josef character. I didn’t even think about being scammed. Is there anything I can do?

Thanks.

More here: https://parishousingscamwatch.wordpress.com/2008/10/02/warning-scammer-mike-brown/

and here: https://parishousingscamwatch.wordpress.com/2009/04/16/warning-scammer-lynsey-douglas-l_douglas_111hotmailcom/

SCAM ALERT: Lucie De Chevigny Boissonneaux

Recent scam reports:

13/02/2010

I have just been scammed by Lucie De Chevigny Boissonneaux (luciede_83@yahoo.com)
I posted an advert on Craig’s List looking for a room to rent in Paris, and got an email from this person, with a flat that sounded ideal. She asked for one months rent and a deposit, but I thought that was legit since we made an official signed contract. So I paid up, via WUMT. Then she asked for another months rent so I got suspicious and so googled her name, and found this site. So I have been scammed. 700 Euros down the drain. This is a complete nightmare. Is there anything I can do about this?

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07/01/2010

do not answer to this [one] EITHER!!!! ITS ALL A hoax!!!! she swears she has a really pretty apartment but don’t believe anything she says. its ALL FAKE… SHE LOOKS THROUGH CRAIGSLIST TO FIND HER VICTIMS. I ADMIT, I FELL FOR IT TOO;(… AND SHE STOLE SOME MONEY FROM ME!!!
DO NOT SEND ANYONE ANY TYPE OF WESTERN UNION TRANSFER, EVEN IF ITS UNDER YOUR NAME, CAUSE THEY WILL USE THE # TO STEAL THE MONEY!!!! TRUST ME IT JUST HAPPENED TO ME…..
don’t send any type of deposit via any money transfer system, AT ALL!!!! meet the person once you arrive at your destination and deal with them then….
so about this person, she calls her self LUCIE De Chevigny Boissonneaux [luciede_83@yahoo.com]…. don’t answer to KIKELOWO EITHER OR THIS OTHER EMAIL ADDRESS… martinezmybaby_@yahoo.com

BEWARE, THEY R EVERYWHERE; AND this was her email she sent…

Hello
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I’m well pleased to get back to you with the details concerning the apartment which I have available for rent ,am Chevigny Lucie de female from france
I have a charming and lovely Bedroom Apartment available for Rent and provides the perfect atmosphere for Living.!The kitchen has a breakfast bar overlooking the spacious living room with patio/balcony access,Covered, elevated outdoor patio.Finished with private bathroom, fireplace.Enjoy the bedroom with a private bathroom,access to the Internet! Vaulted ceilings & ceiling fans are available on top floor apartments.
More Information… about the apartment in includes
-Dryer/washer
-Wireless internet connection
-Air conditioner
-Spacious closets
-Rent 500EUROS
-DeposiT 300EUROS REFUNDABLE
-Month to Month lease.
-Furnished bedroom.
-Washer Machine
-Utilities included.
Let me hear from you through my email if you havent find any so i can send you more details and the pictures of the apartment to you.
Regards
lucie……………….

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31/10/2009

First of all, a big thank you to those who set this site up and have contributed to it since – it’s been a huge help.

I’ve had a bit of contact with the charming Lucie De Chevigny Boissonneaux, using this address:luciede_83@yahoo.com

I had plenty of emails from Nigerian scammers when I was flat hunting in Paris two years ago, so I knew what to expect and bailed out early with Lucie. I’ve pasted her last mail to me below. You’ll see the telltale signs about a relative abroad – though note there wasn’t an immediate demand for money transfers and keys posted etc.

Bon courage.

How are you and thanks for the respond

l will be glad to meet you so that l can show you the apartment and you can view it but let me know if you really serious and have interest in the rentting and let me know if you can afford the rent payment ask well because l will not like the insituittion after l have show you the apartment you will not have the money to pay send to my mother because l and my mother perfar the most serious person who l will show the apartment and can made the payment to my mother in madrid spain after see the apartment so that l can give the person the keys after made payment to my mother in madrid

so let me hear from you asap if you really serious in rentting the apartment and you can afford the payment ask well so that l can show you the apartment

Best regard

Lucie……………………….

Atlanta Woman Uncovers Craigslist Scam

by Justin Gray, Fox News (Atlanta), 19 Jan 2010

One Atlanta woman searching for good deal on an apartment on the popular website Craigslist ended up finding a scam instead. Tuesday night, Kate Thacker warned others to beware that if the deal looks to good to be true, it probably is.

To read the rest of the story, click here.

SCAM WARNING: Avoid Pierre-Bertrand Goalec (edw.place@gmail.com)

A Scamwatch reader provided the following warning about a scammer using the alias Pierre-Bertrand Goalec, currently active on Craigslist Paris:

So, I received this email today for an apartment in Paris.That time he gave me the adress from a company he is working for….I don’t know but this is definately a fake…I received that mail from Pierre-Betrand Goalec [edw.place@gmail.com] so pay attention to this name. It is a current advertisment on craiglist!

SCAM MESSAGE:

Thanks for your response of willing to rent the room, The bedroom is fully furnished in a 3 bedroom flat, the flat is centrally located and easy access to public transfer…the rent per month is 450 euros and a refundable security deposit of 600 Euro is required and you will have it back at the end of your stay in my flat.

Large kitchen with new appliances including dishwasher, electric oven, ceramic hob, washing machine and tumble dryer
-Bright spacious sitting/dining/TV room
-Double bedroom with beautiful view
-Modern, luxury bathroom with power shower
-Cable, digital TV aerial point, BT phone point, broadband and fire alarm system
-Central heating (new boiler) and instant hot.

All services near by: metro, highway, banks, restaurants…
Asking Price : 450 EUR Including utilities
Available Now for short and long term.
Details about myself and family
I am a 25 yr French professional who studies same time. I was born in Paris(France), where i lived with my parents before my father who was a lawyer was transferred to the USA to work for AIG company as their company legal advisory and i have to come to Paris for my masters degree and lived with my father in his apartment which he has permanently bought from the owner in the house.

He died few months ago after he went on a business trip to Australia when he went to Vamed Engineering and came back with Influenza and so was infected but was not home on time for treatment. His memories lingers in my heart daily and each time i look at his picture and ever since my mother has been in United State managing my fathers firm and also handling some of our assets. What more do i tell about my family…. .!!! I have a kid brother and sister who are in school and living with my mother in Texas.

Flat Amenities
The rooms that are for rent has the following facilities,a small fridge in each room,a big freezer in the kitchen,it is also furnished,have a TV connected to a cablet and also a sound system all for your entertainment purpose,a big twin bed that sleeps two people conveniently,private entrance and exit,private toilet and bathroom,parking spac e,washer and dryer, it is air-conditioned,my kitchen is fully equipped also coz i do a lot of cooking and so i have microwave oven,gas cooker and so many for your heating and cooking needs.There is connection to internet via wireless and LAN and also Broadband as well for your computing purpose,so you can come with your laptop or desktop if you have one.

Why am renting the apartment out is that am presently with my Company Pegasus Energy UK Ltd,United Kingdom to work With Pegasus Energy company , I will be here for about 6 to 1 Year. I just need someone (Students or Anybody working in a reputable organisation to rent the rooms) with an open heart,love and clean to occupy the apartment and put all my worries off concerning the maintenance of the house,Since i am not residing there for now. Also the keys to the Apt are right here with me, and the lease document. Which i can send to you after all necessary agreement has be accepted. Also i will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue, but your absolute maintenance of my apartment, because that is the only valuable property my late Father left behind, and it also took him so much time and money to put all those facilities in place.

Furnished Bedroom Description
Newer Carpet,Marble Floors in Kitchen and Bath, New Paint, Complex
Amenities Includes Laundry room, Parking Assigned.
Terms:
Lease Terms: month to month
Ready for move-in now!
Interior Kitchen
Dishwasher
Microwave Rooms Amenities ,A/C
Fireplace
Cable Available
Handicap Accessible
Scenic View
Lease Availability: Immediate Lease Terms: How Long ?
Policies Pets: Allow
-1 Dedicated Parking Spaces Community:
Handicap Accessible

So if you are interested in renting the flat, kindly get back to me by filling me with below details.
*Your Full Name:
*Your Full Address
*Phone Number:
*How old are you?:
*Are you married?:
*Do you have a pet?:
*Do you have a car?:
*Occupation?:
*The picture of the Tenant Renting the house? (If available):
*How many months contract will you Deposit?
*********** When will you Move in?
************ When will you Move Out?

HERE IS THE HOUSE ADDRESS.
LOCATION & AREA
8 rue Champollion
PARIS 75005
France
(5er arrondissement – neighborhood)

Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you. Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you, please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stink to your words, you know that, we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand, so please do not let me down on this property and God bless you more as you do this.

Best Regards.

Yours Faithfully
Pierre Bertrand Goalec

Pegasus Energy UK Ltd
Unit 1,Quayside Business Centre
School Road,
Lowestoft,
Suffolk,
NR33 9NW
United Kingdom

http://www.pegasusenergy.co.uk

Ph: +447045761795

SCAM ALERT: Kortis Rentals / Kortis Properties / City Rentals

Watch out for this fake agency operating on Craigslist Paris and elsewhere:

Scammer alias: Rapheal (or Raphael) Sinclair

kortisrentals@gmail.com, booking@kortisproperties.com, infobooking@kortisproperties.com

Scam website: http://www.kortisproperties.com

From a recent post on Scamwarners:

Quick warning that the website http://www.kortisproperties.com is a scam and a fraud. Rapheal Sinclair will take your deposit and disappear with it.

Same phone numbers and same scam as mentioned before on ScamWarners
Tel: +44 (0) 7519569598 Fax: +44 208 181 6081
Address: 120 Queensgate |South Kensington, London SW7 5LE, England
Email: booking@kortisproperties.com

Front Desk Officer :Rapheal Sinclair

He is currently advertising holiday lets in London on Craig’s List, all of them at 25% of the going rate, with descriptions involving impossible geography eg flat near Hyde Park is moments from Covent Garden – it’s an hour’s walk.

Related scam agencies:

http://www.cityoflondonhomes.com/ (info.cityoflondonapartments@googlemail.com)

http://www.london-homerentals.co.uk/

http://www.central-londonshotlets.com

http://www.panteysapartmentflat.com

newlondonapartment@gmail.com

A scam victim’s unexpected journey

Los Angeles Times travel editor Catharine Hamm describes in an article how she fell for an Internet rental scam and then tracked down the fraudster who stole her money.

“I always assumed that people who got scammed were knuckleheads. Now I know they are people just like me.

I’ve talked to a lot of them who thought they were renting a house in Hawaii — the same one I thought I was renting — and ended up with a handful of air.” — Catharine Hamm

To read the story in the L.A. Times, click here.

On the newspaper’s travel blog, the author also provides some good advice on how to avoid online fraud.

Crackdown on private landlords in Paris

Bonapart Consulting reports on its blog that newly enforced apartment rental laws in Paris mean many private apartment rentals in the city could now be deemed illegal, with owners facing prosecution:

Recent moves made by the City of Paris to apply laws restricting the rental of apartments in central Paris may have significant effects for thousands of private owners, in Paris and abroad.  According to the Prefecture de Paris, nearly 38,000 apartments in Paris are being rented for short stays, and moves to prosecute some owners of these properties have begun.

To read the rest of this story and find out how it affects short-term renters, click here.

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